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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Decided to escape the poor CA snow with 14yr old daughter next week.  Considering Aspen since have Squaw pass.

We are both excellent skiers

Looking for advice on where to ski and places to stay.   For lodging, prices is not as important as location.

Would like to avoid having to deal with car and have short walk to slopes

Thanks to all

post #2 of 18

The Little Nell, Sky Hotel and Hyatt Grand are all at the base of Ajax.  There are options at Snowmass as well.

post #3 of 18

Just did this the beginning of January.  If you have United miles you may be able to get the SFO - ASE non-stop cheap, when I went with my 10yr old son last month it was 25,000 miles each roundtrip.

 

My son's an intermediate, so Snowmass made more sense for us than Aspen, and Snowmass has MANY "walk to lift" condo options.  Aspen proper has many more dining/bar options, but with a kid that's not usually as big a priority once you get past pizza and burgers :-)

 

Snowmass also struck me as cheaper to stay than Aspen itself, although I didn't do any exhaustive comparisons.

 

Enjoy!  We're doing ski week in Sun Valley to avoid the crowds, even though the snow isn't as good as Colorado this year.

 

Bob

post #4 of 18
If your good, stay In town. The Highland Bowl and the gated terrain on Ajax are off the hook right now.
The bus system is really good, so someplace's a little further away, aren't really deal breakers.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

If your good, stay In town. The Highland Bowl and the gated terrain on Ajax are off the hook right now.
The bus system is really good, so someplace's a little further away, aren't really deal breakers.

This...anywhere in town is so easy to hop a very frequent bus or hotel shuttle to either Ajax or Highlands that it's not worth considering unless you like to nap in your slopeside room midday and go back out. The terrain at either will keep you interested and having fun!
post #6 of 18

http://www.stayaspensnowmass.com/specials/last-minute-lodging

 

Load your dates and see what comes up.  If you have any questions, just ask.

post #7 of 18

I was in Aspen two weeks ago, and, stayed in Snowmass at the Pokolodi which is 100 yards from the Snowmass slopes. Solid accomodation at about as low a price as is available in Snowmass. Aspen is pricey as you will find out when checking room rates. There are shuttle buses between Snowmass and other Aspen ski areas. Snowmass terrain, while not as  as difficult as Ajax, is very extensive and fun. The village is much different from the town of Aspen. Depending on your daughters ski ability and, likes in accommodations, either can be a good choice. 

post #8 of 18

how long is the bust ride from ajax to snowmass out of curiosity? we will be there in a few weeks, but staying in aspen.

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by midwestfabs View Post

how long is the bust ride from ajax to snowmass out of curiosity? we will be there in a few weeks, but staying in aspen.

Roughly 15 minutes, but I am sure there is a schedule online. RFTA is the acronym of the transit authority.
post #10 of 18
Snowmass terrain can be nastier than Ajax. It depends on what terrain you are actually skiing.
post #11 of 18
Snowmass has good terrain. It's just spread out and takes time to access.
Bus is probably closer to 30min, with stops.
post #12 of 18

You  may want to check The Meadows, where I stayed in Jan. It's a little outside Aspen, but has pool and hot tub with very nice locker room on edge of Roaring Fork river. Easy shuttle to skiing and fixings for 'smores in lobby. There was a discount from Mountain Collective Pass - not sure with Squaw only pass. Our one bedroom suite had living room with fold-out couch with great view across meadow to Aspen Mountain and bedroom could be closed off with large sliding panel. Mountain Chalet is closer to town and Aspen Mountain, includes very good breakfast, but is not as luxurious. There are a lot of recent threads on this you may want to checkout.

 

There are challenging runs at Snowmass, but they are harder to find than at Aspen Mountain and Highlands. Morning traffic coming into Aspen can get backed up. Buses have carpool lane most of the way, but we experience delay where it ended.

post #13 of 18

You want to stay at Snowmass and you want to stay at The Viceroy Hotel. It's ski in ski out located dead center of the mountain and gondola mid-load. I live in Aspen and Snowmass is the way to go if you're visiting. Free buses can take you anywhere in Aspen or the four mountains and the Viceroy offers exceptional service and quality. You can't go wrong!

post #14 of 18

The Viceroy is a nice property, ie. $700/night.  It would be ok if you have little kids, as it's on Assay Hill.  But it's as far from the expert terrain as you can get in Snowmass.

 Plus I think you'd need to ride two lifts or take their shuttle, just to get to the free bus into town.

post #15 of 18

I think you might be mistaken on both of your statements regarding The Viceroy. While yes it is on Essay Hill, its next to the gondola mid load and Village Express Lift. Regardless if you're going to the wall or the cirque (both double black diamond terrain) you must take one of these two lifts in order to get there so its as close as you can get from any resort or lodge on the mountain. As far as transportation goes, the hotel provides transportation to Aspen or if you want to take the bus to Aspen, the bus stop is literally 100 feet from the front door and it comes every 15 mins. How do I know this? I ski this mountain everyday.

post #16 of 18

Highly suggest taking a day and skiing Highlands. Spend the time and do the Hike. It is worth every step even in sub-par conditions, and this year is anything but that. It will be strenuous, especially with the altitude but push through to the top. Very few turns are as special as the ones you hike for and this is an all out awesome experience. 

post #17 of 18
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Highly suggest taking a day and skiing Highlands. Spend the time and do the Hike. It is worth every step even in sub-par conditions, and this year is anything but that. It will be strenuous, especially with the altitude but push through to the top. Very few turns are as special as the ones you hike for and this is an all out awesome experience. 

For sure.
post #18 of 18
We stayed @ Hotel Jerome in town - they will drive you up to Ajax, Highlands or Snowmass. Great service, good bar and food. We did the bus to Snowmass,(missed the shuttle) - its was a solid 30 minutes.
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